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New York beaches re-open seven months after Hurricane Sandy

Seven months after deadly superstorm Sandy devastated the coastline of New Jersey and parts of New York, all New York City beaches opened Friday at the start of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. New York City has eight public beaches along 14 miles (23 kilometers) of coastline — Brooklyn (southeast),…

Third gay man strangled to death in NYC stokes fears in LGBT community

Three gay men, all middle aged, have been found strangled to death in New York City since Jan. 26, stoking fears in the LGBT community, reported the New York Daily News. Authorities say the deaths do not seem to be connected but are instructing people to be careful when meeting…

German woman inherits 4 paintings stolen from New York City in 1998

More than 23 years after they were snatched from a New York gallery, four valuable paintings have turned up in the western German city of Cologne, police said Friday. The works valued at $345,000 (258,000 euros) when they were stolen in July 1988 surfaced in a collection bequeathed to a…

New York law stubs out synthetic marijuana

Synthetic marijuana, which is sold openly in shops and gives smokers a high, was banned Thursday across New York after being linked to serious health risks. It will be no more “Mr Nice Guy,” or “Smiley Dog,” “Spice,” “Galaxy Gold” or any other brands of the fake pot, which until…

Postal workers find 11 pounds of pot headed to N.Y. publishing house

A large shipment of marijuana was intercepted on its way to a publishing house in New York City after postal workers in California detected a “suspicious odor” coming from the packages, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun. San Diego police used a drug sniffing dog to inspect…

Judge allows church services at New York public school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York City church can continue to hold religious services inside a public school for at least 10 more days, a federal judge ruled Thursday, the latest decision in a 16-year legal battle over a city law that prohibits using school buildings for worship. Bronx…

Bloomberg proposes alcohol restrictions in New York City

If Mayor Michael Bloomberg has his way, getting a drink in New York City is going to get a little bit harder. The New York Post reported on Wednesday that the city Health Department wants to cut the number of establishments that sell alcohol as a part of their Partnership…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters allowed back into Zuccotti Park

Two months after the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters were evicted from New York City’s Zuccotti Park, police on Tuesday removed the metal barricades surrounding the park and allowed the public back in. The barricades were removed only a day after the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Constitutional…

BioWare stages lightsaber freeze mob in Times Square

A group of Jedi and Sith took to New York City’s Times Square on Tuesday night to do battle and strike dramatic poses. The event was staged by BioWare to publicize its Star Wars: The Old Republic online role-playing game. Perhaps the best part of the event, however, was when…

Wolf found roaming streets in New York

Stray cats are common throughout New York City. But the same certainly can’t be said for stray wolves. According to the New York Daily News, an illegal wolf was found walking the streets of Brooklyn Tuesday evening. It was an unusual occurrence as cops located the animal, which was wearing…

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